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2003 Ridge - Geyserville Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Sonoma - Red

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USA - California - Sonoma

Red Proprietary Blend
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Ridge Vineyards, known for its stellar reds, began when San Francisco doctor Osea Perrone bought 180 acres of land near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. The cellar, and present-day production site, was built into the mountainside on three levels. After success with several Cabernet Sauvignon vintages in the 1940s, the Perrone family decided to buy the terraces... More »

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Comm: 2007-2014 VF: 2005-2013

Author Shutterlug
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 09/22/2012
Drink Dates 2006-2016

This wine is a knockout. I've gone through over half of my case now and it's JUST starting to really show. I was worrying before that it had oxidized, but after this bottle, I'd say it has a long way to go. Beautiful zin fruit, not showing its 9 years. Excellent clarity, hardly any fade. This is a lighter bodied zin, but excellent with food. It's lithe now, very smooth, showing fruit well. This is a wine that typically needs age and this vintage is no exception. For those who have waited, your patience is being rewarded.

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Author RidgeLovers
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.312%
Tasted On 01/08/2012
Drink Dates 2008-2012
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Author rbbelzer
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.103%
Tasted On 10/26/2011
Drink Dates 2008-2016
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Author Juan K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.674%
Tasted On 10/03/2011
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Author jasonm
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.684%
Tasted On 07/03/2009

good, mineral, hard to taste against some of the other wines from the evening

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Author Ridge
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 03/02/2009
Drink Dates 2008-2011

76% Zinfandel; 18% Carignane; 6% Petite Sirah. Geyserville bottlings typically have an uncanny knack for being very ripe, very deep and quite friendly at one and the same time, and this rich, fully extracted effort is all of the above. It brings together loads of brambly, blackberry fruit, creamy oak and subtle notes of dark chocolate, and it sports just enough tannin to give spine to its essentially supple style. Its accessible richness is bound to tempt early drinking, but, as experience has repeatedly taught with this property, the wine will develop famously for a good many years yet.

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Author PurpleTeeth
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.262%
Tasted On 08/12/2008
Drink Dates 2005-2015

Smooth, dark and rich with just enough tannin and acidity to keep it interesting. Only Ridge can make a barbecue wine that seems sophisticated.

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 96.952%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

I was not a fan of this wine (and believe I was the only chap at the table that found it displeasing). The scents of brandy macerated fruit and hint of madeirization (I didn'tthink this was oxidized per se, but it hinted at the 'cooked? profile which I do not enjoy) was not compelling to me in the slightest. While the texture of the wine was quite round, I found this effort to be blowzy, amorphous and lacking any sense of precision. I am choosing not to pan the wine, considering it is a profile issue (and one of which others can certainly enjoy) but I cannot consider at anything more than acceptable. The somewhat clipped finish sealed the deal for me.

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